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  Friends of the Bar U Ranch News Archive  
  2014 Bar U Ranch News  
  Bar U Guests enjoyed the Chore Horse Competition held Sept 7, and luckily, on such a beautiful day!  
1st place chore horse 2nd place winners Bar U Chore Horse
1st place ; Dwayne Beard with Marian, Mike, and Heather Casey presenting the buckle on behalf of the Twin Cities Hotel, Longview 2nd place winner
(& People's Choice winner) Dwayne Beard with Marian Anton & Mike McLean
3rd place winner; Tom Christianson with Marian Anton and Mike McLean
Chore Horse Competition Wagon Driver Bar U Ranch
  The Bar U Ranch Rodeo, was held Sunday Aug 10, on a very warm day. We had 11 teams enter and by the time the dust settled we had Meadow Springs Ranch (Mountain View) in 1st. Pekisko Creek Ranch (Longview) in 2nd; and in 3rd place, Esser Livestock (High River). The Top Hand award went to Ryley Millar from the Pekisko Creek Ranch team. Many thanks to all our organizers along with the judges, timers, donors, and wranglers working out back. Thanks! Meadow Springs will, again, represent the Bar U at the Heritage Ranch Rodeo in Edmonton this fall.

* The team photos show 3rd as Essers with the buckets of horse products. 2nd team Pekisko Creek with their monogrammed rope bags, 1st is Meadow Springs with their Bar U belt buckles and gift certificates. Ryley Millar is the Top Hand with a handmade bit presented by Marian Anton of the Friends.
1st Meadow Springs Ranch 2nd- Pekisko Creek Ranch 3rd - Esser Livestock
1st - Meadow Springs Ranch 2nd- Pekisko Creek Ranch 3rd place, Esser Livestock
Top Hand Ranch Rodeo Bar U Ranch
Top Hand - Ryley Millar
- from the Pekisko Ranch Team
2014 Bar U Ranch Rodeo Bar U Ranch Rodeo action
  * Along with the Ranch Rodeo on Sun. Aug 10, we enjoyed, during intermission, watching the Lord Strathcona Mounted Troops perform. They were fabulous.  
Strathcona Troops Lord Strathcona Troops Mounted Troops
  Our annual Friends of the Bar U Ranch Trail Ride was a big success on Aug 2 under beautiful Alberta blue skies. About 60 riders participated either riding their horses or riding on the Bar U wagon capably driven by Don and Myriam Wilson. The ride was held on the Spruce Grazing Co-op and we thank Joe & Sherrine Englehart very much for hosting us.  
Bar U Trailride Annual Trailride Friends of the Bar U
  On July 4,5,6 Lee McLean, along with the Friends, hosted a Sidesaddle Clinic with 25 women participants. The event was a great success with the women going from trepidation at riding aside the first day to confidently riding in the parade around the grounds on Sunday.  
Riding sidesaddle Bar U Sidesaddle Clinic Sidesaddle rider
Appaloosa-sidesaddle Elegant sidesaddle traditional sidesaddle
  For 2014, seven teams were entered in the Bar U Stew Cook-off - resulting in tough choices for the judges, Mike & Lorna Stephenson, to make:
Judges awarded 1st place to Coal Miners Daughters - Bev & Pam Shepard
Peoples choice went to The Lonesome Bull - Leo Maynard
  The Friends held their annual Stockmen's Dinner on Sat. Jan. 25 and had a full house. Almost 300 tickets were sold as many folks came out to hear the stories from our three honored pioneer families; Cowling, Fisher and Mowat covering an area from Millarville to Cowley. Thanks to everyone who helped organize this wonderful evening and especially to all our donors for selling tickets, donating door prizes and the many silent auction items.  
Bar U Ranch Stockmans Dinner Stockmans Dinner
Bar U Ranch Stockmans Dinner Presentation
2013 Bar U Ranch News
  9th ANNUAL HERITAGE RANCH RODEO - Edmonton, Alberta  

First: Mesabi Ranch from Nanton; spurs
Second: Crow Ranch Thorsby, rawhide bosals
Third: R Bar Ranch from Bluffton, breast collars

Saddle Bronc Rider; Rem Holowath, Mesabi Ranch
Working Cow Horse; Geoff Hoar, San Emideo Ranch

* The Bar U team (Meadow Springs Ranch) did very well, qualifying for the finals Tuesday night, but they were unable to crack the top 3.

Heritage Ranch Rodeo Bar U Cowboy Ranch Horse
Ranch Branding 2013 Farmfair Ranch Rodeo Heritage Rodeo Team

The Bar U Ranch, once again, hosted the annual CHORE HORSE COMPETITION with sunny skies, a good crowd and 10 contestants competing for prizes with one entry, Jodi Graham, in the the Junior category.

First place went to Foss Irwin - cash and a beautiful belt buckle generously donated by Twin Cities Hotel, Longview
2nd place to Dean Sundquist - cash
3rd place to Tom Christensen - cash

The People's Choice went to Justin Davis winning a neck yoke and evener generously donated by Alberta Carriage Supply.

Thank you to all our volunteers and donors; Friends of the Bar U, Twin Cities Hotel, Sun Country and the Eagle, Alberta Carriage Supply

Bar U Ranch Chore Horse Competition Chore Horses - Bar U Bar U Ranch
Friends of the Bar U 2013 Chore Horse Competition Percheron Chore Horses
  This year we had to reschedule our popular Ranch Rodeo from our regular weekend of Aug 11 to the weekend of Aug 25, 2013 due to the rains that the kept our arena looking more like a bog than an arena.
Aug 25 was hot and sunny with a good crowd and lots of action. 1st place went to Meadow Springs, with silver buckles made by Ralph Nelson and sponsored by the Friends going to the winners. 2nd place was a tie between Northfork Grazing and Circle S Ranch and the winner was determined by a foot race between Northforks Nolan Pharis and the Circle S’s Charmayne Sawley. Northfork won and collected the second place prize of monogrammed halters donated by Cowboy  Country Clothing. 3rd place Circle S Ranch won feed tubs and roping gloves donated by Cattlemans Corner.  The Top Hand award went to Tyler Sawley of the Circle S Ranch and he won a bit made by Ralph Nelson and sponsored by VJV Foothills Livestock Auction. Thank you so very much to all our organizers, donors and volunteers who make this such a great day.
2013 Ranch Rodeo Historic Rodeo Ranch Branding
Bar U Rodeo Winning Teams Rodeo Winners
  THE ANNUAL STOCKMEN'S DINNER was held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 once again at the Highwood Memorial Center in High River. The descendants of three pioneer families were honored this year: William & Nettie Rogers of High River, Einar & Edith (Brandham) Nelson, and George & Verena Pharis all of Lundbreck.  
2012 Bar U Ranch News
  Chore Horse Competition
Bar U Ranch, Sunday September 9, 2012

Congratulations to our winners:

1st Place - Dale Befus
2nd Place - Gary Johnson
3rd Place - Tom Christensen

* People's Choice - Gary Johnson
Dale Befus People's Choice Tom Christensen
Dale Befus - 2012 Chore Horse Winner
Gary Johnson - 2nd pl/People's Choice
Tom Christensen

Kevin Graham Art Cox
Kevin Graham
Art Cox
  Old Time Ranch Rodeo
Bar U Ranch, Sunday August 12, 2012

Congratulations to our winners:

1st: Soderglen Ranch
Second: Rocking P Ranch
Third: Blue Bird Valley Ranch

The Top Hand award went to Jared Sherman of Soderglen Ranch (below-center)
The day went very well with perfect weather, top notch teams and an enthusiastic crowd!
Ranch Roping Top Hand Bar U Ranch Roper

Bar U Ranch Rodeo Branding Ranch Cowboy
  George Lane Family Reunion
Bar U Ranch Sunday July 8, 2012

This event was held along with the Round-Up of Memories Day and we enjoyed a tremendous program of entertainers. About 70 Lane descendants start arriving as early as 9:30 am and stayed until closing time. A great time was had by all!
George Lane Reunion George Lane Reunion Bar U Visitors
Bar U Lane Reunion Bar U Entertainer Lane Reunion Guests
Chuckwagon CookoffChuckwagon Cook-Off
Bar U Ranch June 10, 2012

1st place - Marg Bird and Janie Pighin
Runnerup - Calgary Stampede Cake Posse
Derrick Dale, Beth Sawatsky, Steve Lemane
People's Choice - Calgary Stampede Cake Posse
Bar U Ranch Chuckwagon Cookoff  
Our annual Stockmens Dinner
was held Saturday January 28, 2012 at the Highwood Memorial Center in High River. Tickets are $50 and will be available from Directors starting mid-December.

The Heritage Ranch Rodeo in Edmonton was held Nov 6/7/8 2011 and the Bar U Ranch was represented by the Meadow Springs Ranch from Mountain View, AB. They were one of the final 8 teams to compete on Tuesday night but were unable to crack the top 3 spots.
1st place: Gang Ranch, BC
2nd: High Plains Ranch, SK
3rd: Douglas Lake Ranch, BC
Top Hand: Jim Orr, High Plains Ranch
Bronc Rider: Colter Schlosser, Mesabi Ranch, Nanton, AB
Ranch Horse: Kyle Keats

At our annual Friends of the Bar U Barbecue we recognized Carole Hergert and Maxine Nelson for their years of volunteer work for our organization while at the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in October Parks Canada Bar U recognized Rose Dayment for her work and Parks Canada recognized Lorne Fuller for his many years of volunteer work. All very well deserving folks.

  Early Fall, 2011
Several 2011 Special Events wrapped up recently at the Bar U Ranch...
among them Polo, the annual Trail Ride, the Ranch Rodeo and most recently, the Chore Horse Competition. Scroll down to view photos from each event.

Bar U Polo was held at the ranch on July 24; this year the Traditionals beat the Cowboys with a 7-1 score. The day saw perfect summer weather and a great turn out for the event.

Bar U Ranch Polo
Traditional Polo Team - Bar U Ranch
Polo - Cowboy Style!
  A very successful Trail Ride was held on Sat. Aug 6 with about 60 participants.

Bar U Ranch Trail Ride
Bar U Trail Ride 2011
Friends of the Bar U Ranch Trailride
  The Ranch Rodeo was held on Sun. Aug 14.

Results for the 12 teams competing:
1st place to Meadow Springs Ranch from Mountain View
2nd to Soderglen Ranch from Airdrie
3rd to Rocking P Ranch from Nanton
Blake Schlosser from the Rocking P won the Top Hand award.

* Meadow Spring will be representing the Bar U at the Heritage Ranch Rodeo in Edmonton this fall.

Bar U Ranch Rodeo
Ranch Rodeo - Friends of the Bar U Ranch
Bar U Ranch Rodeo Cowboy
* Photos by Avril Chattaway

Overview of the Bar U Ranch Chore Horse Competition held Sunday, Sept 11th

* 1st Place - Dwight Beard of Indus
* 2nd place - Tom Christensen of Standard
* 3rd place - Art Hopp of Patricia (Last years champion)

People's Choice Award - Dwight Beard (Prize - Bronze harness brass)

Event Sponsors: Friends of the Bar U Ranch, Sun Country and the Eagle radio stations and Alberta Carriage Supply

Bar U Chore Horse Competition
Chore Horses - Bar U Ranch
Dwight Beard and Gordon Mowat
completing the figure 8 elemen
of the competition pattern.
Tom Christensen with his team
Patch and Napoleon during the pulling element.
They pull 1500 lbs.
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Annual Bar U Ranch Rodeo
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